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Microsoft launches an anti-virus for MacOS

Windows Microsoft Defender anti-virus software for Apple's operating system MacOS offers full virus and threat protection along with the ability to perform quick or full scans.

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New Delhi Updated on: March 22, 2019 12:52 IST
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Microsoft launches an anti-virus to MacOS

Microsoft has unveiled the Windows Defender anti-virus software for Apple's operating system MacOS that offers full virus and threat protection along with the ability to perform quick or do full scans. As if now, the Defender has been built into Windows 10 that offers anti-virus protection by default.

The company informed via a blog-post on Thursday saying that while in the process of creating a dedicated Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Mac, the company has renamed the Windows Defender ATP to Microsoft Defender ATP.

Eric Avena, Senior Content Developer, Microsoft wrote in the blog-post, "We've been working closely with industry partners to enable Windows Defender ATP customers to protect their non-Windows devices while keeping a centralised experience".

A limited preview will be available for businesses for trying out the anti-virus protection in the environment that have both Macs and Windows PCs.

Avena said, "Now we are going a step further by adding our own solution to the options, starting with a limited preview today".

According to the Verge report, in order to keep the client up to date on MacOS, the software giant is using its AutoUpdate software, available on devices running MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, or MacOS Sierra.

As ATP is limited to business, it is still unclear if Microsoft plans on bringing a consumer version of Microsoft Defender to the Mac.

(With IANS inputs)

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